E-Flash Nbr 5 - 29 January 2010

Headquarters’ Session 2010

It’s time….for our annual get together in Zurich! The HQ 2010 will be held from 18 to 21 March 2010 at the Swissôtel Zurich-Oerlikon. Please immediately register for this unique event with interesting meetings and excellent opportunity for networking. The registration is open until 01 February, 2010 and can be made online on our website http://www.fiata.com/e-flash.

US sanctions against Iran extended to freight forwarders

The US administration is trying to cut Iran’s economic links with the rest of the world by tightening the existing sanctions regimes. Until now the Insurance and Banking sectors have been targeted however the latest announcements in the USA provide amended regulations to trading with Iran that apply to US companies and specifically mention freight forwarders. US officials are concentrating on hampering goods going to and from Iran and especially focusing on overseas transhipment points. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a separate listing of vessels which may not be chartered, booked cargo on, or otherwise dealt with. According to our UK member BIFA a website exists for vessel verification under http://www.fiata.com/e-flash

New Customs regulations implemented in the Dominican Republic

On 20 January 2010 the SIGA (Sistema Integrado de Gestion Aduanera) has started. It is a new Dominican customs automatic system at Caucedo port. The same will apply at all ports, airports and land borders. The implementation has been done in phases, so not all ports and airports are going online at the same time. The dates have been modified several times because more time is needed for smooth implementation.

The purpose of the implementation of this new automatic system will be mandatory to declare the consignee’s RNC (Registro Nacional del Contribuyente) for Dominican companies, Cedula de Identidad y Electoral (national ID) for Dominican citizens and permanent legal residents or Passport number for foreigners for all import cargo. There is a requirement to report the Shippers/Notify Party “Tax Identification Number”. Dominican Customs is aware of the difficulties involved with providing the shippers’ tax ID, and are working on an alternative.

Importer Security Filing (ISF) – 10+2 rule

We like to remind you that the flexible enforcement period ended on 26 January, 2010. The US Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may issue liquidated damages of USD 5’000.00 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing.

The FIATA Foundation tackles a new training project

After "Train-the-Trainer" courses imparted in Mongolia, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, Mexico and Syria, the FIATA Foundation will launch its 7th training mission in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) starting from 20 February until 6 March 2010. During this course, attendants from the Freight Forwarding sector and related industries will benefit from intensive training sessions and workshops on all relevant modules of the "FIATA Minimum Standards" including interactive sessions on pedagogy and andragogy (adult learning). The objective of the assignment is to assist the local Association to build up its own training organisation and to offer programmes which enables successful student to apply for the "FIATA Diploma by Vocational Training and Examination".

WCO calls on international Customs community to expedite humanitarian assistance for Haiti

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has called on Customs authorities around the world to expedite humanitarian assistance for Haiti following the devastating earthquake which hit the country on 12 January 2010.

In the event of a natural disaster (for example, an earthquake) and similar catastrophes (for example, a burst dam), aid to those affected by such catastrophes obviously needs to be delivered and moved across international boundaries efficiently and expeditiously.

The effectiveness of humanitarian assistance is dependent to a large extent on the speed with which it can be provided. It is therefore imperative that Customs administrations be as facilitative as possible and be prepared to clear goods rapidly that are being forwarded as aid.

Example: USA - "What is required to ship charity goods from the US to Haiti?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Census Bureau are coordinating efforts regarding the submission of Electronic Export Information (EEI) via the Automated Export System. The Census Bureau has the Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division Call Centre that will provide assistance to all exporters seeking to ship relief supplies to Haiti. The Call Centre phone number is 1-800-549-0595. The Call Centre will provide assistance with registering with Census and filing the EEI for shipments of relief supplies going to Haiti.

Additional information may be found on the Census Bureau’s web site at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html.

FIATA has immediately donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and would like to motivate our Association members to do the same.

29 January 2010

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